Albuquerque sees rise in lodge homicides
“Final evening there was a giant incident. A man left his gun within the motel and so they had been arguing over the gun. He was breaking down doorways – it was loopy,” mentioned Discipline Marshal Johnson.
Johnson mentioned he was fired from his quick meals job and lives in motels. He additionally mentioned he was not there.
“Yeah, much more. It is getting, like, filled with folks,” he mentioned.
KOB 4 reached out to the Albuquerque Police Division to see what they suppose is driving this new development.
“This COVID has had an impact on our crime figures, particularly our violent crime figures, and I feel there are a number of causes for that,” mentioned DPA chief Harold Medina.
Chief Medina mentioned the financial stress introduced on by the pandemic, lack of jobs and elevated drug use have resulted in violent crime within the area.
“Over the previous two weeks I’ve met a number of motels, lodge house owners, managers. We’re engaged on having a gathering subsequent week or so with a bigger group,” he mentioned.
Chef Medina mentioned he recognized this development earlier within the yr and is working to empower lodge house owners. Nevertheless, Medina mentioned ODA assets are restricted.
“Proper now we have now operations with the sphere providers the place they pay particular consideration to those motels, the place they attempt to preserve a presence as a lot as potential,” he mentioned.
As for folks like Marshal Johnson, he mentioned the hike had apprehensive him for his security.
“I do. I truly know what I imply? However, I keep in the home, I keep inside as a lot as I can,” he mentioned.